Iko Iko, Walkin' Blues, Jack A Roe, It's All Over Now, When Push Comes To Shove, Memphis Blues, Bird Song, Jack Straw China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> Drums-> Space-> Uncle John's Band-> I Need A Miracle-> Foolish Heart-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue
Healy Mix (SBD+AKG C 424b mic)> PCM> DAT> EventGina> WAV> CD> EAC> SHN; to abgd as well as etree?
October 20, 2017 Subject:
I have listened to the Birdsong Jackstraw over and over and for all you future heads kick back with your head phones and fly away but be ready for when Bob yells "YOU KEEP US ON THE RUUUONNNNNNYEAH! YOU will leap as high as you can into the air. Congradulations you have just recieved your pilots liscense and can now run to tell your friends that AikoJohn was right when he said this was the greatest moment of that year and for John the greatest moment of his life.
February 3, 2017 Subject:
recording is out of phase
This recording is 180 degrees out of phase.
It can be heard easily on any built-in stereo computer speakers.
August 14, 2008 Subject:
fire on the stage
This was my second show and I,d only heard a muffled audience a long time ago. Hearing it again brought back many memories, and a tear to my eye. The boys are having a great time on this night.I mean they are on Fire. The interplay between Jerry an Brent is uncanny! From first song to last this show is a must hear. Its a shame that I cant download the soundboard or at least buy it! I'll pay what ever you want just make it available!, along with the other jewels in the vault. Why do you keep us from enjoying priceless memories! The grateful dead co. should remember what made them so unique in the first place......
May 11, 2008 Subject:
I have a pretty good story for this one. I found a laminant for the whole tour at the Long Beach shows a couple weeks before, on my birthday 12-10. I just looked down after the show on "shakedown" and there it was. I took it home and fought up the courage to use it proper. Anyway, at the first night of the New Years shows, this show, I decided to try it out. Sure enough, I walked right in, where the band comes in. I headed out front and grabbed my friend Dave and got him Backstage. So as we were backstage, we ran into the band, except Jerry. Real cool. So, the band came out of some rooms backstage at the Colliseum and go on stage, the lights dimmed. On the wall as you go up to the stage was a sign that read, "No one past this point without laminent". I looked at Dave, said have a good show, i'm goin' on the stage. I walked up the stairs, flashed mt laminent, and stood right behind Micky. Literaly i could almost touch him. They opened with Iko, I'm on stage behind Micky...holyshit! Then the stage manager comes over to me and asks, "who are you?" Bruce I said. He asks,"who said you can be here?" While holding the laminent in his hand. "Steve,"I said. He walks away. Whewww. A few songs later he questioned me again. This time he grabbed the laminent and was'nt so nice. I lost the laminent and probably blew my wad a little early. Oh well, I still scored a new Years ticket and had a freakin' awesome time on stage with the Dead! Out of the 200plus shows I saw, this was my most amazing momment!
April 25, 2008 Subject:
Really good show
Overall: great 88 show. Really well played, good song selection. Healey mix is perfect.
The scene: I think it was the basketball schedule of the Warriors or something that threw off the usual 2 shows, rest day, 2 shows New Years' run this year. In any event, this was one of the few years that we only got three shows for the run. Like last year, Chard and I were here. No rain, unlike the year before, so we got a nice California vacation to break up the western NY winter.
The music: I think this was a really strong show. Brent was really on (listen to USed to Love Her). The Bird Song is as strong as any from 89, IMHO. Fun, unexpected song selection from Jerry for the post-space block. As other have commented the UJB>Miracle>Foolish Heart segment is really sweet.
April 20, 2007 Subject:
downhill from here
Was at all three of these shows and while New Years was probably the most fun, this to me is the most interesting of the three.
October 14, 2006 Subject:
Must've been the brownies
This was my one and only NYE show and though I was there, I was in the lot for this show - a friend came along for the trip (not a Dead fan at all) and I gave him my ticket - call it witnessing for the Dead - he came out after show with this dazed look in his eyes and a huge smile from ear to ear - I all remember was he said Jerry was talking to him through his guitar during Bird Song...yep! I had forgotten to mention to him before the show that the brownies I had made, 3 of which he had eaten before the show, were "special". That just made my night!
March 1, 2006 Subject:
1st Set: A Pitter-patter "Iko" opens up the final run of 1988. It's certainly more appealing than the one in Long Beach. A smooth nicely paced "Walkin" "Jack" is as spiffy as the other tunes... not the most nuanced or with the largest degree of feeling, but it's tight. Wow, "All Over Now" is moving awfully fast. It's still a six minute song, but by the end of the tune I'm like an out-of-control toy wheezing around hysterically. "Push" builds to a crescendo that makes it above-average. 79 seconds of "tuning" precede a solid "Memphis Blues." However, due to every tune being up-tempo tonight a change via a 'Desolation' might have been a keen change of pace. "Bird" is so magically intricate..everyone's on their own path but it's coalescing beautifully. "Jack" is shorter than the one in Long Beach but because the sound is clearer and the feeling is more emphasized, it's leaves a brighter resonance on my mind and a wider smile on my face.
2nd Set: 102 seconds of tuning, but we're it's apparent we're obviously getting "China." Musically, it's exemplary, they're not creating magic...but everyone's adding their distinct piece to the puzzle. "Rider" is sturdy and both Bobby and Jerry shine in their respective spotlight parts. Bobby's in an awfully confident mood during "Estimated." Then again, the band is sounding good, but check out his direct line-readings around 3:00. But, he's in rhythm. The following jam is defintiely evening, shmeared star material...not all that moody but provides an atmosphere of a vagrant rarely capable of nesting anywhere for a long while. Just about a stop/start but melodically a keen thru-line with "He's Gone" It broods sufficiently leading to a drawn out "Drums" and an especially twisted "Space" the bristles with oddball insinuations. Alien firelies buzzing around your head...kinda places me back watching the prequel to "the Battle for Endor" Wicket and the little girl driven to goofy frantics by the innocuous insect's wings. "UJB" is mild-mannered but fluid. This is really the first clean recording I've been privy to in about a week and a half. Then again, '88 was a minor step down after the spectacular energy of '87 shows. But they're transitioning back, at this stage, to a jammier band...hence the six minute running time of this "Miracle." What a unique place for "Foolish." Standard crisp version, Brent's active in the 6's and symbiotic guitar work in the 7's make it a winner. "Lovelite" is unmemorable til about 4:30 when Bobby screams out 'Wait a minute..." and enters a 'Stranger'-like vocal outro. It comes down and then back up for a splendid if not explosive, time.
217 seconds of "Crowd" and tuning then a finely nuanced, almost vocally devestating "Baby Blue" closes out this quality show.
3 1/3 stars
October 10, 2005 Subject:
A GREAT UNDERRATED LATE 80s SHOW THAT WAS WORTH THE OTHERWISED CURSED 3000 MI. ROAD TRIP (one way)
I too was at this show. With just a five-foot female friend between me and the barrier, just to Brent's side of Jerry, I pretty much had a religious experience at this show. You gotta love general admission. Almost every song in the first set is perfectly executed with that extra measure of Brent organ jam to stretch things out a little. As we speculated as to whether Bird Song would close the set, I remember a girl named Margot totallly called Jack Straw way out! Super solid China-Rider with a particularly inspiring, spotlit, arm in the air, wishin' he was a headlight, Garcia moment. The real highlight has to be Miracle!! That 's right. I said Miracle. After a sweet post space UJB, the jam into Miracle is very interesting. This is one of those moments when I remember being blown away at the time, 10 feet from the action, that totally holds up on tape. During the longish Jerry/Brent jam-out-of-Miracle-duel, Garcia almost falls over at one point he's rocking out so hard! I remember Garcia and Brent really seemed to be enjoying each others playing and in playful moods all night. This is post-coma, pre-MIDI, rock and roll GD at it's best.
And check out the next night too for my favorite Samson.
April 27, 2005 Subject:
Thank You Dead Hour
I first heard the high points of this show on Gans's Dead Hour in the late '80's. Loved the Bird Song & Jack Straw too but what grabbed my attention was the Space>UJB>Miracle, especially the transition into Miracle, Garcia sounds very "heavy".
When I saw Healy's name on the mix I was a little worried about it being unbalanced and heavy on the audience but it is actually very good though it could use some more Lesh for my ears. Of particular note is the drums are up front in the mix as is Brent's Hammond Organ.
Well worth getting.
April 4, 2005 Subject:
dig on it
Great show. the jam out of Miracle is sweet. This is one show that straight to the point, no goofing around. They came to play
January 31, 2005 Subject:
Very solid show
I was at this show and really liked it. The first set is strong, especially the Bird Song and set-ending Jack Straw. The Bird Song has some wonderfully trippy, Bralove-inspired soundeffects that are just a whole lot of fun -- ringing, pulsating tones that seem to come out of nowhere and really serve to take the song to a higher plane. Jerry, too, rises to the occassion and takes this song into some nice Dark Star territory. The band interplay is excellent and the tune has a wonderful sense of space and range, especially for a first set tuner in the first night of a three night run. I was lucky enough to see some 240 shows, and this was *by far* the best Bird Song I saw live.
While not as trippy, the Jack Straw that ends the set just ROCKS -- tremendous energy, great climax. As the band tears into the main jam, they do so with a sense of purpose that and focus that will make you smile no matter what you're doing. The jam's peak is especially impressive -- everyone cooking, Phil dropping bombs huge bombs, and Jerry engaging in this wonderful interplay with the audience -- he does a perfect run of fast notes near the climax that just GOOSES the crowd, and the audience roars back LOUDLY in approval, feeding more energy back to the band. Fun stuff! They punctuate the jam with great authority, and when Bobby belts out the final verse, it's a screamer! Makes you wonder why this song didn't appear more often as a set closer.
IMHO, the Birdsong and Jack Straw are the show's highlights, but the second set is still mighty fine. The Jerry tunes are rich with emotion, and you have to like a second set that features UJB out of space. If the second set had risen to the standard laid out in the Birdsong, this would be a solid five star show. The second set doesn't scale those heights, but is well played and thoroughly enjoyable.
Well worth the download.
October 25, 2004 Subject:
Another Brent Show
If you enjoy Brent's B-3 playing, check out his solo on "It's All Over Now" in the first set. The man just played his ass off. I really, really miss him.
Reviewer:will not fade
October 22, 2004 Subject:
BABY BLUE !!!
By far, my favorite version of this tune. Great show besides, but this Baby Blue sends chills. On some versions the big guy in the black t-shirt just MEANT it, know what I mean? If you like this tune, this is waay my favorite. Been lookin' for one that comes even close, haven't found it. Anybody? Wish I could have been there. Arlo said it best... play it again, with feelin'. Probably the rock and roll quote that comes closest to describing how I feel about this music. How many bands really played with feelin'? Sorry, Loverboy doesn't count. And sorry for overstating it, but this version of this song is like top 5 Grateful Dead moments for me. What do you think?